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Reader Rep: Billy Kenoi Should Blame Himself, Not The Media Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Billy Kenoi Should Blame Himself, Not The Media

The Big Island mayor continues to try to blame "the media" for covering his misdeeds rather than take responsibility for what he did.
Profanity-Laced Video Shows Mayor Partying Hard At Conference Party Screenshot from video

Profanity-Laced Video Shows Mayor Partying Hard At Conference Party

The mayor of Hawaii County, who is accused of buying booze and other items with taxpayer money, appears to be heavily intoxicated.
State Investigating Placement Of Human Remains At TMT Site Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Investigating Placement Of Human Remains At TMT Site

The Department of Land and Natural Resources acknowledged the probe in response to a public records request but won't say more
The Projector: Close Encounters With Molten Lava Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Projector: Close Encounters With Molten Lava

Kilauea Volcano has been dumping lava into the ocean off the Big Island since late July. This week, I took a boat ride to watch new land being formed.
Harry Kim Wins Big Island Mayor Race Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Harry Kim Wins Big Island Mayor Race

Former managing director Wally Lau finished a distant second.
Does This Big Island Community Really Need 30,000 Solar Panels? Patricia Tummons

Does This Big Island Community Really Need 30,000 Solar Panels?

Residents of the Ocean View Ranchos subdivision are hoping state regulators reject an overhead power line, effectively killing the project.
$3.7M To Fight Diseases Cory Lum/Civil Beat

$3.7M To Fight Diseases

The federal funding aims to crack down on Hawaii's hepatitis A, Zika, dengue and sexually transmitted disease rates.
The Ghost In The Big Island’s Political Machine Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Ghost In The Big Island’s Political Machine

Incumbent Billy Kenoi isn't among the 13 candidates for Hawaii County mayor, but his credit card scandal looms over the race.
Big Island’s New Marine Reserve Was A Long Time Coming Ana Giliberti-Ippel/Civil Beat

Big Island’s New Marine Reserve Was A Long Time Coming

The state's decision to establish a "no take zone" along a popular stretch of the island's west coast is hailed by some, derided by others.
Why The Big Island Is So Unhealthy Olja Latinovic/Flickr.com

Why The Big Island Is So Unhealthy

In a national study of health at the county level, Oahu ranks highest in the Aloha State and the Big Island lowest.
EPA Fines Hawaii’s Geothermal Plant Operator Ormat Technologies Inc.

EPA Fines Hawaii’s Geothermal Plant Operator

The operator of Hawaii's sole geothermal power plant is fined more than $76,000 for accidental chemical releases in 2013.
When People Power Meets Electricity On The Big Island Cory Lum/Civil Beat

When People Power Meets Electricity On The Big Island

NextEra Energy’s proposed takeover of Hawaii's century-old utility has sparked a renewed effort to establish an electric utility co-op on Hawaii Island.